8 East Tenn. football teams taking part in fundraiser games

Ethan Parsley with the UT football team (left,) Owen Webb and family (right)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Eight area high school football teams are taking part in the fourth annual “CAREacter” Star Community Football Game to raise money for two local families with children battling disease.

Proceeds from the games, being held at Grace Christian Academy on Thursday, November 5, and Saturday, November 7, will go to the families of Ethan Parsley and Owen Webb.

Ethan Parsley, 11, was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at age 3. In December 2014, he was also diagnosed with metastatic Ewing’s sarcoma. He has since undergone 11 rounds of chemotherapy, 27 radiation treatments and many surgeries.

Owen Webb was born in March 2015 with Krabbe disease, an aggressive genetic degenerative disease that destroys the nerve cells in the brain and nervous system. He has been undergoing chemotherapy and stem cell transplants at Duke University Hospital since birth, but was allowed to return home this week. Owen’s sister Mabry Kate died from the same disease in February at the age of 11 months. Their parents fought successfully to require screening for Krabbe disease for all Tennessee newborns so treatment can begin early.

Game schedule

  • Powell Panthers vs. Lenoir City Panthers – 7 p.m. Thursday
  • David Crockett Pioneers vs. McMinn County Cherokees – 11 a.m. Saturday
  • West Greene Buffaloes vs. Tellico Plains Bears – 2:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Loudon Redskins vs. Sequoyah Chiefs – 7 p.m. Saturday

Tickets are $8 and are available at the gate.

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